March 2013

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Urano���s Confidence Helps Hawkeyes Climb By Jessa Hansen K aitlynn Urano, a senior on the University of Iowa women���s gymnastics team, wants to cap off her Hawkeye career with no regrets. ���David has known Larissa for a long time, and I heard nothing but great things about the program,��� said Urano. ���I knew other Canadians have been successful at Iowa, and it���s comforting to go to a place where there are other people from your country.��� ���My goal is to feel like I did everything possible to help this team,��� said the Mission B.C., Canada native. ���We are working to win a Big Ten Championship, but As a mainstay in three lineups, Urano is having the it���s about how people feel at the end of the year. I don���t most successful season of her collegiate career. Urano competed consistently on bars in the past, but now she want to have any negative feelings.��� added beam and floor to her repertoire. So far in 2013, the Hawkeyes have made tremendous ���To go from one event to three events in her senior progress. The team has increased its team score drayear is a huge deal,��� said Libby. ���We���re very pleased matically since scoring 193.375 in the home opener with where Kaitlynn is in the gym, and what she is against Ball State on Jan. 11. Currently, the 26thranked Hawkeyes average 194.975 and have earned a doing in the classroom. She has pushed herself to be at the highest level in everything she does.��� season-best 195.875 twice. ���We keep climbing, but there is always room to improve,��� said Urano. ���We have to continue to focus on details, make sure we hit our landings, and show every handstand. We have it all there, we just have to bring it to the competition floor.��� Urano knew she wanted to become a Hawkeye after meeting head coach Larissa Libby. Libby, one of Canada���s most successful gymnasts of the late 1980s, represented Canada in the 1988 Olympics and was a 1987 and 1989 World Championships team member. Urano���s club coach, David Kenwright, knew Libby as an athlete and coach, and believed that Urano would succeed under Libby���s coaching style. Urano continues to push herself and her teammates throughout the season. The senior is a vocal leader, but she is affective because of her confidence by example. ���Kaitlynn loves this team and would do anything for this team, even to the point of making them mad,��� said Libby. ���She wants this team to succeed, so she will do whatever it takes to make sure her teammates are doing the right thing. Even if it hurts someone���s feelings, she���s going to do it. She���s molded herself to be that way, and she���s trying to keep everyone���s eyes on the prize.��� 21

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